Best Xbox One Wireless HeadsetsLast updated: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Wanting to purchase a new wireless headset for your Xbox? Then read on, as we’ve taken a closer look at 5 of the best wireless Xbox headsets currently on the market, with the aim of providing you with all of the relevant information you’ll need to make an informed decision on which of these is the best Xbox One headset for you. In doing so, we’ve put these headsets through their paces and have ranked them according to a number of different criteria – namely the performance, build-quality, value for money and range of features that they offer.
Best Xbox One Wireless Headsets
1. Razer Thresher Ultimate (£249.99)
The all-new Thresher Ultimate headset from Razer is a beautiful gaming headset that offers excellent audio performance and quality, high-levels of comfort, simple-to-use surround sound and achieves what it sets out to – marrying PC-quality audio with the simplicity of home consoles. The Thresher Ultimate isn’t cheap – retailing at £249.99 – and lacks many of the features and functions of other headsets in its price range. That being said – it looks great and boasts exception audio performance – two qualities that combine to make this Razer Xbox One headset a strong contender for the best of 2017.
Headsets from Razer tend to be big and bold – the Thresher Ultimate is no exception – being a hefty, well-built headset you probably wouldn’t want to lug around with you in your backpack. This isn’t much of a drawback – as the Thresher can only be used with its USB receiver, lacking 3.5 mm audio jack – meaning that it can’t be used with most mobile devices anyway, making it very much an at-home headset.
The digital, uni-directional boom mic of the Thresher Ultimate is retractable – making it very easy to position and put away after use – and is high-performance, offering crystal-clear voice chat during online multiplayer. This headset also benefits from replaceable ear cups – letting you choose whether to go for fabric or pleather – some which, although sold separately, is a nice touch, adding to the high-level of comfort already offered by the headset.
The Thresher Ultimate – unlike other Razer products – doesn’t have any special features via the brand’s Synapse software and is a product that is very must what you see is what you get, whether using the device on homes consoles or PC, being a no-frills, solid surround sound headset. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – as the single sound profile offered by the Thresher is best-in-class, being exquisitely balance, providing a much better level of performance than other headsets on the market that come with a range of half-hearted EQ presets that most gamers never use.
The Thresher Ultimate does however have a few notable short-comings – the hub is unwieldy, it lacks a 3.5mm jack, and lacks the range of customisable options when used on PC that are typical of other Razer headsets. That being said, the Razer Thresher Ultimate delivers where it counts – delivering the very best in game and chat, surround sound audio, offering an level of immersion that right now is second to none.
2. Astro Gaming A50 (Gen 3) Wireless (£246.78)
The Astro Gaming A50 (Gen 3) wireless headset is the latest iteration of the brands popular, premium wireless headset for Xbox One and other home consoles, as well as PC. It builds on the headset last version of the A50 Wireless with improved chat quality, better multi-platform compatibility and enhanced, Dolby surround sound functionality.
The Astro A50 is billed as a premium, high-end headset – and it sports a look and feel that backs this up – from it’s unique, curvy headband and ear cups, to its industrial-looking, metal and soft plastic frame. In short, the headset looks great.
In the box you’ll find the A50 headset itself and its 5Ghz transmitter – this transmitter interfaces with the Xbox One console by USB and optical-in, delivering Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound with a built-in MixAmp that offers a wide range of in-game and voice chat controls, giving you more control over game audio than with other headsets.
In addition to the controls offered by the A50 Wireless headsets built-in MixAmp, there are also general volume controls and a switch to toggle on/off Dolby Digital surround sound located on the headset – as well as this, the transmitter stand offers various different inputs, including Optical-In, Optical Out, AUX port and USB port, allowing connectivity to a number of different audio sources, including mobile phones, as well as a mode switch from Xbox One to PC. The A50 also comes with a number of programmable EQ presets – all of which can be customised and configured through Astra Gaming’s Astro Command Centre software – giving even further control over the audio this headset outputs. To utilise this software, the headset must first be connected to a PC.
All-in-all, the Astro A50 (Gen 3) wireless headset is a great choice for anyone in the market for a high-end, premium headset – offering some of the best in-game and voice chat audio of any Xbox headset currently available – the A50 is certainly worth considering, that is if your budget will allow for it.
3. Turtle Beach Elite 800X (£243.47)
The Turtle Beach Elite 800X is all-new, premium wireless headset that has been designed specifically for use with the Xbox One – although it is also compatible with a range of Bluetooth-enabled devices. This headset utilises Microsoft’s new direct wireless technology – allowing this headset to interface with the console directly, without the need for any additional adapter.
The Elite 800X is the tippy-top of the current Turtle Beach Xbox One headset range – hence its price tag – that said, this headset is packed-full of functionality and features, so-much-so that these earn the Elite 800X its place as the brand’s flagship Xbox One headset for 2017. Some of the notable features this headset offers include DTS™ Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound, Dynamic Chat Boost™ and Active Noise Cancellation – features that make the Elite 800X one of the best Xbox headsets on the market today.
This headset is extremely well-made – feeling sturdy without being too heavy – and is incredibly comfortable, having been generously padded with memory foam and synthetic leather. There are however some issues with the Elite 800X – most significantly a battery life of just 10 hours and arguably having way too many buttons on the headset itself, something that can become a nuisance – overall, the Elite 800X is a solid, high-performance premium headset, making it one of the best Xbox One headsets of 2017 release so far.
If the Elite 800X is a little out of your price range, we’d suggest looking at its cousin – the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 – a wireless Xbox headset that is also new for this year and features on our best Xbox One headsets under £200 list, retailing at just south of £130.
4. Astro Gaming A50 (Gen 2) Wireless (£176.85)
The Astro Gaming A50 (Gen 2) wireless gaming headset is billed as a high-end, pro-gamer headset – offering the very best in audio quality, including Dolby® Headphone 7.1 surround sound, and performance – and as you’d expect, carries a price that reflects its status as a premium headset. This headset ships with a dedicated base station, housing a 5GHz wireless transmitter that provides low-latency, clear in-game chat communication, as well as making the A50 easier to use – working to make charging and pairing the headset a breeze.
This Astro Gaming Xbox One headset not only delivers on audio, but also comfort – featuring a light-weight with thick layers of breathable padding around its inner headband and earcups – making it perfect for long gaming sessions. In terms of design, this headset looks great – from the beautiful metal bars that hold the headband and earcups together, to it’s slim, soft-touch plastic frame finished in black with a lime green trim.
All of the functions and inputs of the A50 headset can be found on the back of its ear cups – a micro USB and controller port can be found on the left ear, whilst the power, mode select and volume switches are located on the other. This headsets mic – a reasonably long and flexible, uni-directional noise-cancelling microphone – is hosted on the outer-left ear cup.
If you’re looking for a high-end, premium wireless headset for your Xbox but don’t want to fork-out for the newer, Gen 3 version of the Astro Gaming A50, then this headset is a great choice – offering much of the performance and functionality of its successor, at a price that’s close to £80 less.
5. SteelSeries Siberia X800 (£144.99)
The Siberia X800 is essentially the Siberia 800 – the award-winning headset from SteelSeries – retaining all of the same features and functionality. The main difference between this headset and the original – other than the retail packaging – is the inclusion of an Xbox One headset adapter in the box.
This headset is wireless – connecting to an audio receiver, which allows you to listen to game audio from your Xbox One – however, for chat, you will still need to connect the headset to the controller via the Xbox One headset adapter included in the box. This receiver is compatible with other devices – not just Xbox – including PS4, PC and other compatible devices.
Besides this functionality, the SteelSeries Siberia X800 is packed full of other features – particularly for audiophiles – as it fully supports 7.1 Digital Dolby Surround, offering some of the best, high-quality audio performance of any Xbox headset on the market. While the design of this headset may be somewhat basic – it is well-built and comfortable, benefiting from generously padded head band and ear-cups – which can be rotated 90 degrees for easy storage.
If you’re an audiophile, you’re going to appreciate that the X800’s fully support 7.1 Digital Dolby Surround (Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, and Dolby Headphone) and sound simply amazing, unlike what I’ve heard with any console headset before. Even with 40mm drivers in the cups, you’ll be surprised with not only the sound clarity but also the fact that it is completely lag free. Not many gaming headsets offer full Dolby 7.1 surround, but SteelSeries does, and it charges the premium for it, rightfully so once you hear the quality difference. The Siberia X800 from SteelSeries is a great option for those looking for a cheaper wireless headset, and ranks among out pick of the best Xbox One headsets under £150 currently on the market.